August 6, 2021
Letter from the Mayor
Tomorrow is the first day of the new incentive program for young people who get vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition to on-sites prizes, all students in DC who are between the ages of 12 and 17 will be eligible to win a $25,000 college scholarship or an iPad if they are vaccinated by the first drawing on August 30. For four weeks, ten student names will be pulled each week - two to win a college scholarship and eight to win an iPad. Students will be able to claim their prize if they are vaccinated.
Starting tomorrow, youth who receive their first dose at the three schools listed below can receive a $51 VISA gift card. Additionally, the first 400 young people to get vaccinated at each site will have the option to forgo their gift card and instead receive a pair of AirPods. The AirPods will be available to District youth ages 12 to 17 as well as students ages 18 to 21 and currently enrolled in a DC school.
Parents and guardians who bring their children to get vaccinated at these three sites will also receive one $51 VISA gift card per child.
- Brookland Middle School (1150 Michigan Ave NE) | Saturday, 10am-4pm and Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-7pm
- Sousa Middle School (3650 Ely Place, SE) | Saturday, 10am-4pm and Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-7pm
- Johnson Middle School (1400 Bruce Place, SE) | Saturday, 10am-4pm and Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-7pm
Finally, this week, we made it easier for families to get children their required pediatric immunizations before the start of the school year. As of this week, families can go to vaccinate.dc.gov to schedule their children ages 3-18 years-old for their routine vaccinations at more than 30 sites across DC.
The first day of school is just a few weeks away — getting your child all their immunizations is one way to help them have a happy, healthy, and successful school year.
In This Week's Newsletter:
Open Streets Returning to Georgia Avenue on Saturday, October 2
This week, Mayor Bowser and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that Open Streets 2021 will return to Georgia Avenue NW on Saturday, October 2, 2021– the first in a series of Open Streets events across all eight wards to be held in 2021-2022.
During the event, the District will close three miles of Georgia Avenue, between Barry Place NW and Missouri Avenue, to cars. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the corridor will be open to residents and visitors to walk, bike, run, and scooter through, and visitors will have opportunities to support local businesses and participate in a range of activities.
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Summer Restaurant Week
Next week, from Monday, August 9 to Sunday, August 15, more than 250 local restaurants will participate in Summer Restaurant Week. Restaurants will offer brunch, lunch, and dinner deals. Many restaurants will still offer to-go meals, which became popular during previous Restaurant Weeks when indoor dining was limited.
Diners can visit the Restaurant Week website at ramw.org/restaurantweek to learn more about available options, view participating restaurant menus, make reservations, and place orders.
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Need a Test? Get a Test.
Residents, workers, and visitors are reminded that free COVID-19 testing is available daily across DC.
In addition to testing at fire stations, recreation centers, and other sites, individuals can pickup free COVID-19 At Home Testing Kits at 16 libraries located across the city.
Learn more at coronavirus.dc.gov/testing
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